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Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain ResortPark City, Utah

  • Published Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Updated on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The present resort was opened on December 21, 1963 as Treasure Mountain by United Park City Mines.This company was the last surviving mining corporation in Park City and the resort was opened with funds from a federal government program meant to revive the economically depressed town. When it originally opened, it boasted the longest gondola in the United States. Treasure Mountain's name was changed to the Park City Ski Area for its fourth season of 1966-67, and in 1996, became known as the Park City Mountain Resort.

The resort has been a major tourist attraction for skiers from all over the United States, as well as a main employer for many of Park City's citizens. Park City, as the resort is often called by locals, contains several training courses for the U.S. Ski Team, including slalom and giant slalom runs. During the 2002 Olympics the resort hosted the snowboarding events and the men’s and women’s alpine giant slalom events.When it comes to convenience and family-friendly options, Park City Mountain Resort corners the market. From touchdown to slopes in two hours, getting there is a snap, but the rewards exceed that.PCMR delivers in the form of diverse slopes, excellent terrain parks, and quick access to a vibrant downtown. But accessibility has a price—the resort’s main thoroughfares get crowded during peak times. (Avoid Silverlode midday, for one.) PCMR is often mischaracterized as an intermediate mountain(“like vanilla ice cream,” says one reader), but you just have to know where to go—such as the largely overlooked frontside runs off the Crescent or Motherlode lifts, where aggressive glading yields terrific tree skiing. Or the backcountry-like hits off the Jupiter chair. That said, there is no shortage of PCMR fans who never ski the blacks, opting instead for the outstanding variety of long, smooth groomers. Some grumble that PCMR misses the big dumps that hit the Cottonwood resorts (No. 22 for Snow), but when the storms come in from the southwest, snow totals often exceed the Cottonwoods’ And most important: Unlike other resorts,this one has a road that never closes.
- Jamie Preston

Dates of Season:
Opening: November 17, 2012
Closing: April 14, 2013
*weather dependent


HOURS OF OPERATION:
9:00am – 4:00pm
*Night Skiing/Riding opens Dec. 25, 2012 – Mar. 31.2013

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
•Terrain: 3,300 acres, Spread over eight peaks and nine bowls
•16 Lifts: 4 high-spreed, six passenger chairs; 3 high-speed quads;
7 triples; 2 doubles; and 3 Magic Carpets in Ski School Learning Zone.
•114 Trails
•Terrain Difficulty: 17% Beginner, 52% Intermediate, 31% Advanced
•Longest Run: 3.5 Miles (Homerun)
•Terrain Parks: King’s Crown Superpark, 3 Kings (lighted), Neff Land
and Little Kings- 22ft Superpipe, Minpipe
•Total uphill Capacity: 31,000 guests per hour

Snowfall & Temperatures:
•Average Snowfall: 365 inches annually
•Average Temperatures: November: 42 degrees ; April: 52 degrees

Elevation:
•Base Elevation: 6,900 ft
•Summit Elevation: 10,000 ft
•Vertical Drop:  3,100 ft

HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
Park City Mountain Resort is an easy 35-minute Interstate drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The airport more than 700
flights a day from locations all over North America. Salt Lake City Airport Facts:
•First in the nation in on-time performance
•There are over 840 scheduled daily flights from the facility serving more than 90 cities with non-stop flights.
•Has non-stop flights to Paris and Tokyo

Automobiles:
Upon leaving the SLC Airport Exit, head east on Interstate 80 for 4.4 miles. Merge onto I-15 South / I-80 east heading southbound fpr 2.5 miles. Continue on  I-80 Eastbound for 21 miles. Exit I-80 at the Kimball Junction / Park City Exit #145. Bear right heading southbound on UT-224 for 6 miles. Turn right onto Empire Avenue and follow road up to the base parking facilities.

Car Rental services can be provided in the SLC Airport.

Bus: Park City offers free public transportation to recreational areas, historic Main Street and Kimball Junction. PC-SLC connect provides bus services to and from Park City for a small cost of $5.50 for a one way ticket.

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